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ED Conducts Raids in Jharkhand in Connection with Health Mission Scam

Khushbu Kumari Jha
ED Conducts Raids in Jharkhand in Connection with Health Mission Scam
ED Conducts Raids in Jharkhand in Connection with Health Mission Scam

The Enforcement Directorate (ED) conducts raids at five locations in Jharkhand in connection with the 2011-12 health mission scam. Discover the details and implications of these raids.

In a significant development in the ongoing investigation into the health mission scam, the Enforcement Directorate (ED) conducted raids at five locations in Jharkhand on Thursday, June 4. The early morning raids took place in various parts of Dhanbad, with ED teams meticulously examining the premises.

Targets of the ED Raid

The ED’s current operation is linked to the health mission scam dating back to 2011-12. The raids focused on the residences and hideouts of five individuals: Pramod Singh, Ravindra Singh, Ashwini Kumar, Divya Prakash, and Ajit Singh. Each of these individuals has been implicated in the scam in varying capacities.

At Pramod Singh’s hideout in Sahayogi Nagar Sector-3 in Sawalpur, Saraidhela, the ED’s team carried out extensive searches. Similar operations were conducted at Ravindra Singh’s Shriram Kunj in Nawadih, Dhanbad, Ashwini Kumar’s residence in Kalinagar, Sonardih, as well as the homes of Divya Prakash and Ajit Singh in Bhuli, Dhanbad.

Details of the Raid Locations

Pramod Singh, a former contract worker for the National Health Mission (NHM), is a key figure in the investigation. After being dismissed from his position, Singh ventured into the coal business, where he continued his alleged fraudulent activities. The ED’s scrutiny of his hideout in Sahayogi Nagar is part of their broader effort to uncover the extent of his embezzlement.

Ajit Singh, Pramod Singh’s driver, is also under investigation. The ED team raided his house in Bhuli, seeking evidence of his involvement in the financial irregularities. Allegations against Pramod Singh include the misappropriation of crores of rupees during his tenure as a contract worker in the health department, leading to a probe into his assets and those of his associates.

Broader Implications of the ED’s Investigation

The ED’s raids are part of an extensive investigation into the misuse of funds allocated under the health mission scheme. This operation underscores the agency’s commitment to addressing corruption and financial misconduct within government projects. By targeting individuals directly involved in the scam, the ED aims to unravel the network of corruption and bring the culprits to justice.

The repercussions of this investigation are likely to be far-reaching, potentially leading to more revelations about the extent of financial irregularities in the health mission scheme. The involvement of individuals who have transitioned from public service to private enterprises, like Pramod Singh’s shift from NHM to the coal business, highlights the complexity of tracking embezzlement and holding perpetrators accountable.

The ED’s recent raids in Dhanbad mark a crucial step in the investigation into the health mission scam of 2011-12. By focusing on key figures and their associates, the agency aims to uncover the full extent of the financial misconduct and bring those responsible to justice. As the investigation progresses, further details are expected to emerge, shedding light on one of the significant corruption cases in recent years.